Suspected Tornadoes Ravage South Jersey on Stormy Thursday

By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor

Photo: NBC4 New York

LONG BEACH ISLAND, N.J. — On Thursday, a band of thunderstorms prompted 12 tornado warnings and at least three confirmed tornadoes throughout New Jersey.

According to the Long Beach Township Police Department, at least 35 homes and multiple boats were damaged in the northern part of Long Beach Island. At 9:22 p.m. Thursday, the Long Beach Township Police received three 911 calls asking for medical assistance, and the responding officers found four damaged utility poles and several houses that had their roofs blown off. Three people were treated at the scene for cuts and lacerations, and several others were evacuated to the Barnegat Light Firehouse for shelter.

As of 7:30 a.m. Friday, the National Weather Service hadn’t made an official determination as to what exactly caused the extensive damage. Power was restored for residents in the High Bar Harbor area by 6 a.m. Friday, with the exception of 15 homes that also suffered extensive damage. Atlantic City Electric restored power to these homes by repairing five damaged utility poles.

Police said that the suspected tornado caused damage to Antioch Road, Arnold Blvd., Collier Ave., and Sunset Blvd. The National Weather Service is also interested in surveying damage around Lakehurst, Barnegat, Harvey Cedars, Willingboro, and Mount Holly to investigate potential tornadoes.

You can get a glimpse of some damage caused by the storms by watching this video uploaded by

Fortunately for South Jersey residents, Friday’s weather forecast is much calmer than Thursday evening’s. High temperatures will be in the low-to-mid 80s throughout the state, and the forecast calls for only a few scattered clouds, much lower humidity, and 10-to-15 mile-per-hour winds.

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